Articles Tagged with: Monks
Chiang Mai | The Chinese Monk

I was north of Chiang Mai with my driver, traveling to a hill tribe village in a steady and thick rain when I saw the sliver of massive stone steps cut into the side of a mountain, just visible through the jungle foliage. I asked him to stop and since the way was wet and filled with shoe eating mud, the driver said he’d stay in the car.

I climbed the stairs and saw the monk there, standing by his buckets and bowls, out collecting the rain for drinking water. He was the sole caretaker of this meager temple, a small cave and statue and run down altar. He was actually Chinese and spoke French fluently, but very little English. His cigarettes were foul, hand-rolled affairs, terribly strong and stinky. I gave him my pack of American cigarettes and we smoked in the cave, sheltered from the rain while he told me stories and lessons that I could not understand.

There were only poor farmers nearby and I doubt any tourists would stop by this tiny cleft in the mountain. This was truly a life of solitude and he was far from where he had started from. As was I but I would return to my life of cities soon enough.

We passed the time and my feet were wet and there were enough cigarettes to last us for a good while.

Hill Tribe Area, Chiang Mai, Thailand; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Hill Tribe Area, Chiang Mai, Thailand; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Hill Tribe Area, Chiang Mai, Thailand; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Hill Tribe Area, Chiang Mai, Thailand; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim


Thailand | Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai, Thailand; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Chiang Mai, Thailand; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Chiang Mai, Thailand; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Chiang Mai, Thailand; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Chiang Mai, Thailand; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Chiang Mai, Thailand; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Chiang Mai, Thailand; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Chiang Mai, Thailand; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Chiang Mai, Thailand; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Chiang Mai, Thailand; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Chiang Mai, Thailand; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Chiang Mai, Thailand; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Chiang Mai, Thailand; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Chiang Mai, Thailand; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim


Bangkok | Hua Lamphong

One of the exercises I do whenever I land in a new place is to head to the biggest train station to warm up. Train stations are easy. Lots of people too busy to be bothered with you getting in their faces, a good mix of different types of people, usually good light and cavernous spaces, and lots of graphic elements and compositions to use.

Granted, I am repeating some shots that I’ve taken in trains stations everywhere, but it is still a great first day exercise, a way to stretch those visual muscles.

Hua Lamphong, Bangkok, Thailand; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Hua Lamphong, Bangkok, Thailand; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Hua Lamphong, Bangkok, Thailand; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Hua Lamphong, Bangkok, Thailand; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Hua Lamphong, Bangkok, Thailand; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Hua Lamphong, Bangkok, Thailand; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Hua Lamphong, Bangkok, Thailand; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Hua Lamphong, Bangkok, Thailand; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim